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FAA Using New Lockheed Martin System to Control Oceanic Air Traffic

Rockville, Maryland (ots/PRNewswire)

Air traffic controllers in
New York today are using the Federal Aviation Administration's new
system to manage oceanic air traffic. Designed and integrated by
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), the Advanced Technologies and  Oceanic
Procedures (ATOP) system safely increases the capacity of
international air routes and automates the manual tracking processes
used  previously.
"We are proud of Lockheed Martin's role in helping the FAA get to
this historic day -- the beginning of automated control of our
oceanic air traffic," said Don Antonucci, president of Lockheed
Martin Transportation and Security Solutions. "Together, our team has
worked diligently to meet the FAA's challenge to create an oceanic
system that provides increased efficiency and oceanic airspace
capacity to meet growing international air traffic requirements."
The ATOP system automates the FAA's existing procedures for
managing aircraft separation over the oceans, enabling controllers to
reduce spacing between aircraft while preserving passenger safety and
improving efficiency. When fully deployed, ATOP will manage
approximately 80 percent of the world's controlled oceanic airspace,
including approximately 24 million square miles over the Atlantic,
Pacific and Arctic oceans. Prior to ATOP, oceanic flights were
manually guided with the help of paper flight strips, requiring
controllers to separate flights by up to 100 miles. When ATOP is
fully deployed, aircraft separation requirements for properly
equipped aircraft will be reduced to 30 miles, which will allow the
FAA to reduce delays, support the use of fuel-efficient routes and
accommodate growing international air traffic.
The FAA and Lockheed Martin are also replacing oceanic procedures
with ATOP at the Oakland, CA, and Anchorage, AK, centers for the
Pacific and Arctic regions, becoming fully operational within the
next year.
Supporting Lockheed Martin on the ATOP program are Adacel Inc.,
supplier of oceanic automation software; Airways Corporation of New
Zealand, the first company to apply communications, navigation,
surveillance and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) technology
developed specifically for the oceanic environment; and Sunhillo
Corporation, provider of the External Communications Server (ECS),
which provides access to external data interfaces.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about
130,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research,
design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced
technology systems, products and services.
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